Dr. Kendra McLean, Percussionist
Lesson Information

Percussion and Drum Set Lessons
Federal Way, WA
Dr. Kendra McLean


Instruments Taught: Snare Drum, Drum Set, Timpani, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Hand Drumming (Djembe and other African drums), Gyil (Ghanaian xylophone), Multiple-Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, and Steel Drums


20+ years of experience teaching percussion

Doctorate of Musical Arts from The University of Arizona

Masters of Music from Ohio University

Bachelors of Music from Western Washington University

Performances with the Tacoma, Federal Way, Tucson, Phoenix, and Juneau Symphony Orchestras

Principal Percussionist/Timpanist for the Sierra Vista Symphony Orchestra

            Research in Trinidad (steel drums) and Ghana (drums and gyil)

Location: All percussion lessons take place in Dr. McLean's home studio (in Federal Way near Dash Point State Park).

Lesson Rates:

April lesson payments and other donations can be made through our YouCaring page: https://www.youcaring.com/donkendra-1158407 All April lesson payments will be donated to the non-profit orphan-hosting program Project143. Dr. McLean will be hosting a 16-year-old girl this summer to help prepare her for life after the orphanage.

Monthly Rates:

$140/month for weekly 30-minute lessons

$180/month for weekly 45-minute lessons

$240/month for weekly 60-minute lessons

Please see the "Policies" page for more details. Lessons are paid for by the month and the lesson payment must be made by the first lesson of the month. If you are interested in lessons on African drums, including the djembe, consider joining the African drumming class ($48/month for 4 fifty-minute group classes or $32/month for my current weekly private students). See below for more details about this class.

"Kendra has provided [me with] lessons on the African drum for a year. In that time I stumbled from basic novice to something far beyond that. As my technique improved Kendra gently continued to move the bar and set high expectations, all the while offering encouragement and understanding my learning style. I looked forward to the lessons, knowing each one would offer another challenge. I now have a much better sense of what the hand drum is all about and look forward to learning even more." -Michael F. (adult student)

"Kendra is an effective educator because she is very detail oriented without being uptight or too picky. She has great ideas for teaching, knows how to develop them, and offers them to students and the community. In addition, she creates fun learning opportunities open to the pubic, where anyone can come and enjoy drumming. This shows that she is a good leader and wants to share her passion for music with other people... We are lucky to have her in the Puget Sound area." -Miho T. (colleague)

"I've been taking lessons from Kendra for about three months now. She is a gifted teacher with credentials second to none. She has amazing patience and makes you feel comfortable regardless of your skill level. And most importantly can teach to any style or skill level. Highly recommended!" -Rafael H. (student)

"My daughter took lessons with Kendra. Kendra was very professional and knew her material. My daughter learned a great deal from her. Kendra was kind, calm, and very respectful, making it a comfortable teaching environment. Kendra also allowed me to sit in during the lessons so I could see/hear what my daughter was learning." -Kristen V. (parent)


Hand Drumming Lessons in Federal Way, WA
African Drumming Ensemble
Learn to play traditional hand drums in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This ensemble experience includes an introduction to basic hand drumming and several traditional drumming pieces from Ghana, West Africa.

No experience is necessary and all of the instruments are provided during class. You can also rent a hand drum to take home for $12/month. Classes are 50 minutes each and will be limited to 5-10 students. Family classes are open to ages 10-adult (younger by evaluation), adult classes are open to ages 17+. Classes are held weekly. Call, email, or text for current schedule.

$48 per month (typically four classes each month), and $32 per month if you already take weekly percussion lessons from Dr. McLean.

In Dr. McLean's home studio in Federal Way near Dash Point State Park. RSVP for directions.

For more information or to register, call, text, or email Dr. McLean at (253) 709-1513, PugetSoundDrumming@hotmail.com

Practicing  Ideas

Practicing Ideas:
1. Lesson assignments
2. Music for band, orchestra, or other groups
3. Work on handouts from Dr. McLean
4. Play the note-reading game at http://vicfirth.com/speed-note-reading-tutor/
5. Sight-read
6. Replay past lesson assignments
7. Play warm-ups, scales, arpeggios, or technical exercises
8. Play material in your method book that has not yet been assigned
9. Improvise at your instrument
10. Play "metronome games" (Ask Dr. McLean if you don't know any yet.)

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